Visually impaired pianist, Derek Paravicini kicked off Wiltshire Sight’s 100th Anniversary with a one-off charity concert at St Mary’s School in Calne. Over 200 people attended the event on Friday 19th January and nearly £2,000 in donations were made to the Devizes based charity. The money raised will go towards funding Wiltshire Sight’s Peer Support and Information Sessions that support visually impaired people living in Wiltshire communities.

The concert was supported by a number of fantastic individuals and organisations including The Marchioness of Lansdowne, St Mary’s School, Derek Paravicini, Marlborough College Summer School, Simply Flowers, Corsham Print, Tesco, Haine & Smith Opticians, Jazzbones Creative, Rathbones, Calne Foundation Trust and Gaiger Construction.

The Marchioness of Lansdowne commented: “As President of Wiltshire Sight and Patron of the Calne Foundation Trust, it gives me great pleasure to be able to celebrate the work of these two great charities in one event.”

“I have been involved with Wiltshire Sight for over 30 years and 2018 sees the start of its centenary year. Formed in 1918 to help those returning from the First World War with visual impairments, Wiltshire Sight is now a busy modern charity, supporting anyone in Wiltshire who suffers any form of sight loss. Whilst embracing modern technology and using all that the IT world can give us, Wiltshire Sight remains the caring, supportive charity it has always been. Its work in the community, supporting families and individuals living with sight loss increases year on year and your support for this wonderful charity is hugely appreciated.”

Wiltshire Sight aim to support more visually impaired people than ever before in their 100th year, with community support services and professional training packages. If you are interested in attending one of their events of supporting the charity then please call Wiltshire Sight on 01380 723682 for more information.

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